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Background Pony #4B73
@Background Pony #C15C
If Wikipedia is to be trusted…
  1. There’s still a trial and the jury needs to vote unanimously, so that’s a relatively high threshold to get across.
  2. The list of capital crimes includes (though is not limited to) such things as aiding the enemy and espionage, which if you’re the enemy of a nation’s military, then yes, that means by definition that that military is trying to kill you.
  3. The death penalty hasn’t been used since 1961 (though four are on death row, most recently the Fort Hood mass shooter from ’09).
  4. What Lightning Dust did falls into none of the categories for capital crimes. “Improper Hazarding of Vessel or Aircraft” comes the closest, but the actual law states that it must be a military vessel, so Lightning couldn’t be charged with any capital crime for the damage caused to Twilight’s balloon, or even for the endangering of five (or four, not counting Fluttershy) civilians.
Background Pony #C15C
@Background Pony #4B73
Someone I know claims you may not get a settlement in the millions, but it’s still possible. Now remember military courts reserve the right to death penalty even in states which abolished it.
Background Pony #4B73
@Background Pony #C15C
Only 28 states still have the death penalty, so that comment is only slightly more accurate than if a coin toss decided its accuracy.
Also, in the EU, I’m not even sure you could sue for the equivalent of a dishonorable discharge, whereas in the US, it honestly wouldn’t surprise me if you could.
Background Pony #C15C
Get a lawyer, sue Spitfire, if Equestria’s like the EU, she goes for life into jail, and if it’s like the US, she gets death sentence.
Background Pony #4EC8
@genervt
I knew you’d say that as well because this game of ours never ends…well until the mods shut us up at least.
Background Pony #4EC8
@genervt
The wonderbolts still have more episodes then them.
Are government sanctioned.
Actually contribute to the community.
Fight monsters.
Learn from their mistakes.
The washouts only one epeisode.
Do stunts.
Attempt to murder children.
Ignore the call to arms when the fate of the world is on the line.
Get cought in there own traps.
Yeah wonderbolts 5
Washouts 0
Genvert: imma say you wrong because my favorite pony leads them.
Me: i knew you’d say that.
007Ben

@Fwelin Well if she didn’t need a redemption before, she certainly did after, what with the actual crime of Child Endangerment to her name after the dust (pun intended) had settled. Writers haven’t written a character into a corner that hard since Diamond Tiara’s redemption and subsequent near-disappearance from the show.
I guess that’s what I’m most upset about: the missed opportunity. The recurring foil characters in the show before Lightning Dust’s second episode were Trixie (Twilight +ego), Star Swirl (Twilight -friendship +age), Sunset (Twilight +ambition), Starlight (Twilight -friends +ideology), Moondancer (Twilight -friends), and Sunburst (Twilight -magic -friends). And since I forget the timeline of when things came out, I’m going to throw Tempest in the list add well (Twilight -horn -friends +angst).
So, with LD’s second episode, we finally get a chance at a non-Twilight foil to be brought on the secondary hero cast, and they basically railroaded her onto a path of irredeemability, never to have a speaking role again.
Oh well. I wrote her a redemption arc as a side plot in one of my fanfics, so I’ve mostly made peace with it.
Salted Pingas
Duck - They said not to troll... but I didn't listen!

@RainbowDash69
Bro(ny), the bktch literally (and I mean that in the literal sense and not in the millennial sense) almost killed five of the mane six and didn’t even give a fhck about it afterwards. Dash ain’t got a reason to be civil about it.
Background Pony #29A3
@Fwelin
Redeemed off screen, really, you are going with that? Just like Cozy Glow is being redeemed while being a statue? Lightning Dust is nonredeemable & will always be that way, she’ll say some nice things, but does she mean them. No, no she doesn’t. She could care less about her Washout teammates & their well being, as long as she gets what she wants she’d let them get hurt or maybe worse. Scootaloo wanted to back out, it fell on deaf ears, only the show mattered, not Scoots health or wants. So, Lightning Dust is where she belongs, gone for good & no longer needed. It’s what she deserves.
Red-Supernova
Ten years of changes - Celebrated the 10th anniversary of MLP:FiM!
My Little Pony - 1992 Edition
Friendship, Art, and Magic (2020) - Took part in the 2020 Community Collab
Wallet After Summer Sale -
Thread Starter - The Mega Man thread!
Not a Llama - Happy April Fools Day!
Friendship, Art, and Magic (2017) - Celebrated Derpibooru's five year anniversary with friends.

Passionate opinionator
@Fwelin
I doubt that quote at the end was “good-natured”. It sounded very bitter.
Man, how do I not remember all of this? Oh yeah, my friend spoiled this episode for me when it was leaked in a different language and I was waiting for the English version. He did this because his motivation for the show was at a low due to things in his life giving him hell and he tried blaming the Student Six on the show’s decline. That really took up my mind during my watch.
Yeah, everything really went down the shitter once Rainbow Dash went full protective mode. Spitfire’s behavior later on didn’t help either. (And PLEASE don’t quote her.)
Fwelin

@Red-Supernova
She literally said that she was happy to see Rainbow.
Lightning Dust: Your “friend” got me kicked out of the Wonderbolts.
Scootaloo: Oh. That’s, uh, less cool.
Lightning Dust: And it was the best thing that ever happened to me! Great to see you, wingpony! I heard you’re a full-fledged Bolt now.
Then, at the end, Lightning Dust good-naturedly declared them to be “rivals for life” as she was pulled into the sky.
It’s pretty clear Lightning Dust doesn’t hold any grudges against Rainbow by this episode, and she even admitted that her actions were wrong in Wonderbolts Academy.
Lightning Dust: Mad at me? Look, was it wrong of me to endanger the lives of your friends? Yeah.
On Rainbow’s side, while she was initially a bit put off by Lightning, after LD admitted she was wrong she let it go, and they were also laughing with each other when they were reminiscing about the academy, and Rainbow even complimented her on the success of her new show.
Lightning Dust: Only because when I went, I cranked up the dizziness factor.
Rainbow Dash and Lightning Dust: [laugh]
Rainbow Dash: Well, I’m glad it all worked out. Your show was pretty dynamite.
It was only when Scootaloo got involved that Rainbow started getting protective, which was a temporary problem between them that was solved at the end of the episode via Scootaloo no longer being interested.
There was no grudge from the events of Wonderbolts Academy, she admitted she was wrong for her actions in WA, and Rainbow and Lightning even had moments of light camaraderie. Lightning was basically redeemed off screen.
Red-Supernova
Ten years of changes - Celebrated the 10th anniversary of MLP:FiM!
My Little Pony - 1992 Edition
Friendship, Art, and Magic (2020) - Took part in the 2020 Community Collab
Wallet After Summer Sale -
Thread Starter - The Mega Man thread!
Not a Llama - Happy April Fools Day!
Friendship, Art, and Magic (2017) - Celebrated Derpibooru's five year anniversary with friends.

Passionate opinionator
@007Ben
@Fwelin
Not any grudge against Rainbow? Sure didn’t seem like it in The Washouts. Also it was more like Rainbow Dash continued to have a grudge towards Lightning Dust and forbid Scootaloo to have other ponies to look up to that aren’t her. This wasn’t how I see these characters. Call it “not my headcanon” a you want but as long as Discord can be still be considered “good”, then I can say that Lightning Dust still deserves better.
Fwelin

@007Ben
She doesn’t need a “redemption”. She was never evil, just too careless and unsuited for the Wonderbolts. Her last episode showed her to both have found a job more suited to her personality and to not have any grudge against Rainbow.
007Ben

When rumor started circulating that LD was coming back, I really hyped for a redemption arc and a Trixie-type character to hang around and constantly try to steal RD’s spotlight. However, I have to agree with @Background Pony #29A3 After that second episode, she didn’t really have any shot at redemption.
But this story is a really good LD redemption arc if you’re interested. Half a million words (divided into two books; LD is primarily just in the first book) and set in an AU that’s very sci-fi.